Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation announced Nov. 8 the unanimous election of Dr. Patricia Hogan to its board of directors.
Hogan, an equine surgeon, is known for treating 2004 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Smarty Jones as a 2-year-old after the colt suffered a fracture to his left eye socket and being instrumental in the design and construction of the new Ruffian Medical Center at Belmont Park. She also heads her own veterinary surgery clinic, Hogan Equine, at Fair Winds Farm in Cream Ridge, N.J.
“It’s a great honor to be named to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation board,” said Hogan in a release. “I’ve always been active with the TRF and other retirement organizations, but the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation is the most recognized name and, I think, is the one that can change policy.”
“I am pleased and honored with the unanimous election of Dr. Patricia Hogan to the board of directors,” said Tom Ludt, chairman of TRF, in a statement. “Patricia has been a friend of TRF’s for a number of years. Her extensive background in equine medicine and her desire to help TRF fulfill our mission for a successful, long-term retirement plan will be of incredible benefit.”
Hogan, a native of New Jersey, studied animal science at the University of Delaware and veterinary medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She completed an internship at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, followed by a surgical residency at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Hogan was recognized by The Equine Science Center at Rutgers as the winner of the Center’s 2008 ‘Spirit of the Horse’ award, recognizing individuals whose lives have been profoundly changed because of their involvement with horses and who have acknowledged the impact by giving back to horses or the horse industry.